Set up a drive for File History

03 Jun

Before you start using File History to back up your files, you’ll need to set up a drive to save files to. We recommend that you use an external drive or network location to help protect your files against a crash or other PC problem. File History only saves copies of files that are in your libraries, contacts, favorites, Microsoft SkyDrive, and your desktop. If you have files or folders elsewhere that you want backed up, you can add them to one of your existing libraries or create a new library.

To set up a drive

  1. Connect an external drive.
  2. Open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\File History
  3. Tap or click Turn on button.

You can also set up a drive in AutoPlay by connecting the drive to your PC, clicking the notification that appears, and then clicking Back up your files on this drive.

To set up a network location

  1. Open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\File History
  2. Tap or click Change drive.
  3. On the Change your File History drive page, tap or click Add network location.
  4. In the Select Folder dialog box, browse to or enter a location, tap or click Select folder, and then tap or click OK.


  • To help avoid filling up your File History drive too fast, you can set how often files are copied and how long older versions of your files are kept. 
  • If you don’t want a folder backed up, you can exclude it from File History.  
File History

File History

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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Miscellaneous


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